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Pearl Harbour — December 7th, 1941

Photos Stored In An Old Brownie Camera
Ron Bond, Senior Instructor – Recovery

The photos, from the actual attack on the US Fleet at Pearl Harbour in 1941, are from an old Box Brownie camera that lay for many years in a foot locker before being discovered

These spectacular photos were taken by a sailor on the USS QUAPAW ATF-11O


On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor , Hawaii.

By planning his attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port. — the USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island , where it had just delivered some aircraft; the USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway; the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States.)

In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft.

At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu , he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which struck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.

At 0753 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 "Val" dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack.

When it was over, the U.S. losses were:

  • Casualties

    •   k.i.a. w.i.a.
  • Battleships

    • USS Arizona (BB-39) Total loss when a bomb hit her magazine
      USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor
      USS California (BB-44) Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired
      USS West Virginia (BB-48) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired
      USS Nevada (BB-36) Light damage
      USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) Light damage
      USS Maryland (BB-46) Light damage
      USS Utah (AG-16) Sunk — (former battleship used as a target)
  • Cruisers

    • USS New Orleans (CA-32) Light Damage
      USS San Francisco (CA38) Light Damage.
      USS Detroit (CL-8) Light Damage
      USS Raleigh (CL-7) Heavily damaged but repaired
      USS Helena (CL-50) Light Damage
      USS Honolulu (CL-48 Light Damage
  • Destroyers

    • USS Downes (DD-375) Destroyed– Parts salvaged.
      USS Cassin - (DD-37 2) Destroyed – Parts salvaged
      USS Cassin - (DD-37 2) Destroyed – Parts salvaged.
      USS Shaw (DD-373) Very heavy damage
      USS Helm (DD-388) Light Damage
  • Minelayer

    • USS Ogala (CM-4) Sunk but later raised and repaired
  • Seaplane Tender

    • USS Curtiss (AV-4) Severely damaged but later repaired
  • Repair Ship

    • USS Vestal (AR-4) Sunk but later raised and repaired
  • Harbor Tug

    • USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) Sunk but later raised and repaired
  • Aircraft

    • 188 Aircraft destroyed 92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps